This weekend, I came to the realization that Fabian and I will be embarking on our London vacation in less than three weeks. Typically, I have planned every one of our vacations rather meticulously, creating detailed itineraries that ensure we squeeze in as much as we can while leaving a little room for relaxing. Lately, I have been so busy with work (thankfully!), that I haven't had a waking moment to really think about the vacation. We also booked this on a whim a few weeks ago rather than booking several months in advance like we have for our other big trips. Needless to say, I need to do some planning! Luckily, we have been to London before and have seen most of the big attractions, though you could spend a full year in London and still not see it all. This time around, we'd like to do a handful of touristy things, but really just want to relax, eat some great food, get some inspiration, and maybe squeeze in a little shopping. We'll be staying in Westminster, so we'll be pretty close to everything.
I'd love any recommendations you might have for sights to see, things to do, places to eat and so on! As I mentioned before, we spent a week in London in 2009-- time flies!-- and have seen a lot of the big sights, but I'm wondering about some of the things we missed the last time we were there. Do you recommend visiting Portobello Market in Notting Hill on a Sunday afternoon? How about the V&A museum? We have been to Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, but didn't go inside last time. Is it worth it? How about the London eye?
We are also toying with the idea of taking the train to Paris early one morning, spending a full day there, then taking the last train back to London that evening. The last time we were in Paris was in December of 2006 and we'd love to experience it, during warmer weather, even if only for one day. Any tips for a one day itinerary in the City of Lights?